HAYWARD, Calif.-Behind dominant pitching and hitting throughout the lineup, Boise State softball defeated Santa Clara 7-0 Friday, at the Santa Clara Bronco Classic to extend its win streak to a school-record eight games. Junior Allie Crump struck out 10 batters in her six innings in the circle, and was 2-for-3 at the plate.
Crump's dominant pitching performance guided Boise State (10-8) to its third-consecutive shutout and fourth in five games. Her 10 strikeouts are mark the second time a Bronco pitcher has reached double-digit punch outs. Crump struck out 11 in seven innings against Utah Valley (March 14, 2009). The native of nearby Elk Grove, Calif., held Santa Clara (4-7) to two hits and only walked one.
Sophomore Lela Work came on in the seventh inning to close the game, retiring all three batters she faced. Work struck out the final batter to tie the team record of 11 strikeouts in the game.
Freshman Devon Bridges continued her recent tear with the bat, going 2-for-4 with four RBI. Bridges has nine RBI in her past two games. She also extended her hit streak to eight games and has scored or driven in a run in each game during the Broncos' win streak.
Bridges pushed in the first run of the game in the first inning on a bases-loaded groundout. She also plated a run in the fifth inning before delivering a two-run single in the sixth to break the game open and give Boise State a 6-0 lead.
Seven different Broncos recorded base hits, led by sophomore Holly Bourke's career-high four. Bourke tied the school record for hits in a game, becoming the fourth Bronco to accomplish the feat, the first since March 21, 2009.
Boise State and Santa Clara will square off again Saturday, first pitch is scheduled for Noon (MT). Boise State will also face UC Davis on the second day of the Santa Clara Bronco Classic.
Kelly Sweeney played in her 100th game as a Bronco...Holly Bourke passed Kathy Cox on the career stolen base list, moving into sole possession of third...The four shutouts on the season ties a single-season best (2010)...Allie Crump moved to 7-3 on the season, picking up her 30th career win.